Shop set to recreate Narnia for new festival

The editor of the world’s biggest free knitting blog will be visiting a Harrogate business this month to give a series of workshops – and help to recreate C S Lewis’s Narnia with wool.

Amy Singer, the founder of knitty.com, will be joining baa ram ewe at the first ever Yarndale, a two-day event celebrating the best of crafts using wool, cotton, silk and linen.



She will be hosting two workshops at the event, held at Skipton Auction Mart on September 28 and 29, as well as an event at baa ram ewe in Cold Bath Road, Harrogate, on Monday, September 30.

Verity Britton, the founder of baa ram ewe, said:

We’re so pleased Amy is coming all the way from Canada to join us at Yarndale, and is offering an extra course in Harrogate for anyone who can’t make it to Skipton.

Yarndale is going to be a brilliant event and we’re really proud to be taking part in such a big event for Yorkshire, particularly because we specialise in Yorkshire breeds for our wool.

Shed-of-TitusMeanwhile, Verity has an extravagant plan for her stall at Yarndale, where the items on sale will include baa ram ewe’s critically acclaimed Titus yarn. She already has a ‘Shed of Titus’ – a shed-like entrance to a treasure trove of goodies – but has a new plan to go alongside it.

Verity Britton said:

At our first Woolfest this year, the Shed of Titus won us the Swaledale Cup for best stall

We’ve got a reputation to maintain now, so we’ll be thinking even bigger at Yarndale.



We’ve gone for a Knitty Narnia theme – people will enter via a wardrobe and will find a lamppost, snow-covered trees and even Aslan the lion. We’re pulling out all the stops to make it a magical entrance, because having Amy with her patterns inside will be magical too.

Amy’s first workshop at Yarndale, on Saturday, September 28, will be Autopilot Socks, teaching students a simple sock pattern which they can memorise, use anywhere and adapt to their own designs. Her second, on Sunday, September 29, will be about patterns, focusing on how to create striking, different and interesting patterns to submit to magazines and websites for publication.

The Harrogate workshop on Monday, September 30 will also be about Autopilot Socks. All three run from 1-4pm and pre-booking is essential as only a few places remain.


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